Led by the visually impaired, hundreds of people with blindfolds around their eyes took to the streets of Bengaluru on Thursday. It observed similar scenes in 150 cities across six countries on the event of World Sight Day.
The Blind Walk is an annual event organized on World Sight Day by Project Vision that gives the sighted a chance to understand what is like to not be able to see. Its aim is to raise awareness of eye donation.
Creating Awareness Says Mr. Pratap
“We are conducting this Blind Walk to enable people to donate their eyes. This is a big moment to create awareness,” said Pratap, who was representing Project Vision. He said this organized for the last five years.
Sandeep Bothra, who heads eye care company Alcon in India, also said it was a great honor to be taking part in the event. “There are close to 3 million blind people in India. Only 69,000 cornea donations are happening. If we raise awareness, then we will bring the vision to over 30 lakh people in the country,” he said.
Anantha Sai Subramaniam, vice president of Rotary Bangalore Abilities was one of the visually challenged participants in the Blind Walk. The reason for the walk today was to give an awareness of eye donation. Our message is “Don’t bury your eyes, donate your eyes – and 5 million people in India get back their vision” he said.
Similarly another visual impaired participant, Sheshadri, told NDTV that this walk would help people like her who could not see.
“This will benefit many people who need to undergo the corneal transplants. I would encourage people to donate their eyes. Take the pledge. When there is a deceased person in the house, please take the step to remove the misconceptions about eye donation. It is a small procedure and will bring light to many people’s lives,” she said.
Former Chief Justice of India, Justice MN Venkatachaliah also attended the event. “We will try to make their world a little better by supporting them” he says